Our history

Glasgow Unitarian Church was founded in 1810.

At its peak there were around 22 Unitarian Churches in Scotland, and in Glasgow the congregation was large and prosperous enough to commission a classically styled church to seat 550 people in the mid-1850s.

See Andrew T. N. Muirhead (2015), Reformation, Dissent and Diversity: The Story of Scotland’s Churches, 1560-1960, London: Bloomsbury, pp. 183-185.

The St Vincent Street Church was the home of Glasgow Unitarians until the late 1970s when the congregation moved to Berkeley Street

The Unitarian Church has a proud tradition of professional ministry and Glasgow congregation benefitted from well trained ministers through most of its history. Over the twentieth century ministers brought their own character and influence to bear on the congregation as it navigated a liberal religious course and adapted through the century.

Past ministers of the Glasgow congregation

Sometimes described as a “post-Christian” church, in the twenty-first century Glasgow Unitarians remain committed to tolerance and embrace the richness of different religious traditions. We seek to apply science, reason and curiosity in our pursuit of meaning and truth, as individuals, and compassion in creating a shared community.

Patchwork Wall Hanging – ‘Four Seasons’ Designed by Harry Jefferson Barnes / Sewn by Alice Barnes

Just like the patchwork wall-hanging in our worship room, our group is made up of people with different views, beliefs and values.